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- Departments   -   Geography

Members of Department

Mrs C. McLoughlin (Head of Department)

Miss A. Daly

Mrs M. Owens

Mrs M. O’Hagan

Compass Pointing North

Key Stage 3

There are a number of physical and human topics taught across Key Stage 3:

Year 8

Term 1/2: An Introduction to Geography and OS Map Skills

 

Term 2/3: Ecosystems

Year 9

Term 1/2: Industry & the Environment

 

Term 2/3: Rivers & Rocks

Year 10

Term 1/2: Earthquakes & Volcanoes

 

Term 2: Development

 

Term 3: Location Location

 

Key Stage 4

Exam Board: CCEA

Unit 1

Understanding Our Natural World (40%)

Theme A: River Environments (25%)

Theme B: Coastal Environments (25%)

Theme C: Our Changing Weather and Climate (25%)

Theme D: The Restless Earth (25%)

 

External written examination 1 hour 30 mins

The examination includes four multi-part questions, one on each theme.  Students answer all four questions.

Unit 2

Living in Our World (40%)

Theme A: Population and Migration (25%)

Theme B: Changing Urban Areas (25%)

Theme C: Contrasts in World Development (25%)

Theme D: Managing Our Environment (25%)

 

External written examination 1 hour 30 mins

The examination includes four multi-part questions, one on each theme. Students answer all four questions.

Unit 3

Fieldwork (20%)

External written examination 1 hour

Students base their answers on their knowledge and experience of fieldwork.

Students must bring a fieldwork statement and table of data into the examination.

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: CCEA

The Geography GCE specification has a modular structure. Students must study three units at AS level and three units at A2 Level.

Exam Board: CCEA

AS 1: Physical Geography (40% of AS / 16% of A level)

External written examination 1 hour 15 mins

Section A: students answer three short structured questions, one on each theme.

Section B: there are three questions requiring extended writing, one on each theme.  Students answer any two questions.

AS 2: Human Geography (40% of AS /16% of A level)

 

External written examination 1 hour 15 mins

Section A: students answer three short structured questions, one on each theme.

Section B: there are three questions requiring extended writing, one on each theme.  Students answer any two questions.

AS 3: Fieldwork Skills and Techniques in Geography (20% of AS / 8% of A level)

 

External written examination 1 hour Students must bring a table of data and a summary statement to the examination covering the aims and context for their fieldwork.

There are two compulsory, structured questions.

 For Question 1 students may be required to present, analyse, interpret and evaluate their fieldwork data and the techniques they used to collect it.

 For Question 2 students respond to quantitative and qualitative data from secondary sources.

A2 1: Physical Processes, Landforms and Management (24% of A level)

 

External written examination 1 hour 30 mins

The paper has four parts. Each part corresponds to one of the four options and includes two structured questions. Students answer two questions, one from each of their two chosen options.

A2 2: Processes and Issues in Human Geography (24% of A level)

External written examination 1 hour 30 mins

The paper has four parts. Each part corresponds to one of the four options and includes two structured questions. Students answer two questions, one from each of their two chosen options.

A2 3: Decision Making in Geography (12% of A level)

External written examination 1 hour 30 mins

 

This is a compulsory decision-making exercise in the form of a case study.